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07-10-20, 01:49 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 366
Posted By pdlamb

You almost have to try both and see which one...

You almost have to try both and see which one works best for you.

Sunsleeves do OK for me up to mid-80s at home, perhaps 90F or so in low humidity (<25%). I've never had problems with sweat...
Forum: Touring
07-09-20, 01:19 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 2,360
Posted By pdlamb

Just out of curiosity, is there a reason this...

Just out of curiosity, is there a reason this thread hasn't been moved to the Covid forum? I don't think there's been any mention of touring for a while.
07-08-20, 09:49 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,349
Posted By pdlamb

Biggest thing wrong with that picture is that the...

Biggest thing wrong with that picture is that the owner is sitting off the path, posting to bikeforums, instead of riding that bike down that trail.
Forum: Touring
07-06-20, 01:12 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 2,360
Posted By pdlamb

Do try to keep up! :) What we're all...

Do try to keep up! :)

What we're all suffering through is the urgency to get the best available information disseminated widely, even as the virologists, epidemiologists, et al continue to work...
07-02-20, 08:33 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 222
Posted By pdlamb

Been there, done that. (Real hardware stores are...

Been there, done that. (Real hardware stores are great!) Worked like a charm until I found an LBS that had a selection of seatpost bolts so I could pick the right size.
07-01-20, 12:20 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 911
Posted By pdlamb

Been there, seen it before. Middle 70s, when gas...

Been there, seen it before. Middle 70s, when gas went up to $1/gallon; 2010, when it hit $5/gallon. In those cases, gas prices eased, and almost everybody got back in their cars (and F150 pickup...
07-01-20, 12:16 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 790
Posted By pdlamb

I think the discussion should have changed with...

I think the discussion should have changed with the advent of these alternate (butterfly and Jones) bars. Perhaps it's just inertia; there's so much that's been written in the last 50 years, adding...
07-01-20, 07:51 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,443
Posted By pdlamb

Yeah, but if you call it dihydrogen oxide you can...

Yeah, but if you call it dihydrogen oxide you can drown in it! :)
06-30-20, 03:32 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 333
Posted By pdlamb

Looks like drive-by engineering. Take a shot,...

Looks like drive-by engineering. Take a shot, "because of a coarser structure, graphite can even be harmful to bicycle bearings," and drive off. Kinds of neglects the fact that graphite has...
06-30-20, 03:21 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,390
Posted By pdlamb

I was surprised today when a motorcycle passed me...

I was surprised today when a motorcycle passed me in my lane.

He gave me three feet or more, so it was a safe pass.

Why was I surprised? Because he was on a Harley, and perhaps because we...
06-30-20, 03:11 PM
Replies: 197
Views: 9,324
Posted By pdlamb

And then did you wake up?

And then did you wake up?
06-30-20, 09:23 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 360
Posted By pdlamb

The O-rings I've got from Garmin and Cateye do...

The O-rings I've got from Garmin and Cateye do look an awful lot like the polynitrile (?) O-rings I buy at my Local Hardware Store (LHS) to fix plumbing problems. (Great, now we can debate LHS vs....
06-30-20, 09:05 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,443
Posted By pdlamb

I took enough chemistry classes that I can...

I took enough chemistry classes that I can pronounce the names of most ingredients. I guess the world's a safer place for chemistry majors?
06-30-20, 09:03 AM
Replies: 197
Views: 9,324
Posted By pdlamb

I'm feeling better! and happier! Really I am! ...

I'm feeling better! and happier! Really I am! Please make it stop!!!
06-25-20, 09:48 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 790
Posted By pdlamb

Nonfat, unsweetened yogurt with blueberries or...

Nonfat, unsweetened yogurt with blueberries or strawberries.

Or a quarter pound of baby carrots. By the time you finish chewing them, it'll be time for supper. :)
06-25-20, 09:38 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 886
Posted By pdlamb

All you can really do is check the chain...

All you can really do is check the chain periodically with a ruler.

I normally count on wearing a chain out every 2,000 miles or so. I just checked the other day, and my 2,000 mile old chain is...
06-24-20, 02:15 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 602
Posted By pdlamb

Never say never; for all I know you're an NFL...

Never say never; for all I know you're an NFL linebacker who'll stop for 20 seconds between pumping to rest and recuperate.

But I agree, it's unlikely you'll exceed 120 psi with an ordinary frame...
06-22-20, 09:37 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,684
Posted By pdlamb

There's close to a dozen 18-22% block-long grades...

There's close to a dozen 18-22% block-long grades in the neighborhoods near my house. I've climbed most of them with ~20 gear inch low gear, usually while cursing the idiots who laid out streets...
06-16-20, 12:40 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 9,584
Posted By pdlamb

Just as soon as they get the software working?

Just as soon as they get the software working?
06-16-20, 12:37 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 953
Posted By pdlamb

Another plus is that you can often get bars level...

Another plus is that you can often get bars level with, or even an inch or two above, the saddle on touring bikes. Start with the largest frame you can straddle and work from there.
06-15-20, 12:50 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 531
Posted By pdlamb

Fastenal.com, 11567665 ...

Fastenal.com, 11567665 (https://www.fastenal.com/products/details/11567665). Or M5 Stainless...
Forum: Commuting
06-15-20, 07:35 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,270
Posted By pdlamb

When the alternative was driving a car, and gas...

When the alternative was driving a car, and gas was $5/gal, cycling to work was really, really cheap.

When the cardiologist said, "You're alive today because of all the cycling you've been doing,"...
06-15-20, 07:17 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 554
Posted By pdlamb

Another vote for the Topeak Road Morph. I've got...

Another vote for the Topeak Road Morph. I've got one on each of my bikes. Mine have migrated to the left seatstay, where they're out of the way until I need them.
06-11-20, 09:17 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 488
Posted By pdlamb

Sounds like it's about right. You need to have...

Sounds like it's about right. You need to have an impression on your hand after you tighten the quick release. As long as you can get it flipped, it's not too tight.
06-11-20, 08:57 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,520
Posted By pdlamb

Is there an ebay broker near you (and if so, is...

Is there an ebay broker near you (and if so, is it open)? They'll take a cut, sure, but you'll get something for the lot with minimal hassle.

Of course, as soon as you dump everything, six months...
06-05-20, 09:56 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 936
Posted By pdlamb

It's worse if you drink coffee while using the...

It's worse if you drink coffee while using the tool.

And yes, Callifornia.
06-05-20, 09:55 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 3,683
Posted By pdlamb

I'll call out "passing left" (or right), once. ...

I'll call out "passing left" (or right), once. If they don't move I figure they're plugged in, and nothing short of an air horn will be heard over the loud noise they're piping into their ear plugs.
06-04-20, 12:53 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,823
Posted By pdlamb

FWIW, the only time I've found alcohol makes a...

FWIW, the only time I've found alcohol makes a difference in my cramping is during hot tours. After a few long, hot days, a beer seems to reduce the frequency of cramps. Must be the...
06-04-20, 08:33 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,019
Posted By pdlamb

I did something similar with my old computer on...

I did something similar with my old computer on tour: set it to display cadence and distance. That's what I really needed to see, make sure I wasn't dropping down to 50 rpm on the hills (makes my...
06-03-20, 12:20 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 3,927
Posted By pdlamb

My (warped) mind keeps coming up with some truly...

My (warped) mind keeps coming up with some truly snarky responses to some inane threads. Examples:

Recommend some bike shorts: OK, I recommend you wear bike shorts when you ride a bike.
...
05-31-20, 07:43 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,986
Posted By pdlamb

I keep mine until the pads are worn out (and...

I keep mine until the pads are worn out (and starting to rub my skin raw), or the plastic head strap or mounts break. Oh, except for the helmet where the plastic outer shell blew off the foam...
05-26-20, 08:25 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 415
Posted By pdlamb

Maybe it's just telling you your hubs should be...

Maybe it's just telling you your hubs should be repacked more often.
05-21-20, 01:47 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 280
Posted By pdlamb

Hard to beat a manufacturer's...

Hard to beat a manufacturer's recommendation/specification. Time for another BB!
05-20-20, 02:35 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,931
Posted By pdlamb

Don't forget, comes to a complete stop at every...

Don't forget, comes to a complete stop at every stop sign and never exceeds the speed limit. :D
05-20-20, 08:12 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 9,584
Posted By pdlamb

Did I read that right? They cut the internal...

Did I read that right? They cut the internal memory in half and called it "Plus"?

(No wonder I can't buy a jersey by size!)
Forum: Commuting
05-19-20, 11:47 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,735
Posted By pdlamb

So many that they have their own parking lot! :D

So many that they have their own parking lot! :D
Forum: Touring
05-14-20, 07:35 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 783
Posted By pdlamb

In steel, no less. How do three cogs over 36...

In steel, no less. How do three cogs over 36 teeth each, in steel, weigh less than a 22 or 24 tooth chainring?

And at what cassette count do we need to start worrying about dinging up the...
05-13-20, 07:18 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 703
Posted By pdlamb

My guess is the crank bolt is a smidgen loose. ...

My guess is the crank bolt is a smidgen loose. Get an 8 mm hex wrench and, if you can tighten the bolt in the middle of the left crank, do so. It takes a lot of torque to get it right.
05-13-20, 07:13 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,280
Posted By pdlamb

Might be a scratch through the paint down to the...

Might be a scratch through the paint down to the carbon fiber underneath, but … I'd certainly take it in and have them take a look. Should be a warranty replacement if it's the crack it looks like.
05-12-20, 01:04 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 4,762
Posted By pdlamb

Most of the time (excluding peak spring season in...

Most of the time (excluding peak spring season in the midst of a pandemic, possibly), I think it's reasonable to ask if MSRP includes installation. I've bought a number of parts and supplies that...
05-11-20, 08:40 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 361
Posted By pdlamb

Not necessarily true. I've had two frames...

Not necessarily true. I've had two frames replaced, both because of welding issues around the rear dropout. Lifetime warranty was a tour-saver on the second one -- took an extra day to run to the...
Forum: Commuting
05-08-20, 10:28 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,409
Posted By pdlamb

Ditto. I did take the rack off one bike 6-8...

Ditto.

I did take the rack off one bike 6-8 years ago. It was an aluminum rack that came with the bike, and the panniers had rubbed about a third of the way through the struts. New Tubus steel...
Forum: Commuting
05-08-20, 10:26 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,386
Posted By pdlamb

One thing that's helped me get Brooks saddles...

One thing that's helped me get Brooks saddles adjusted correctly is using two-bolt seatposts. "Lots of adjustments" with a single-bolt seatpost is often a crapshoot; you loosen it enough to adjust...
05-06-20, 12:37 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 918
Posted By pdlamb

Seeing this thread title (again) reminded me of...

Seeing this thread title (again) reminded me of an interview I heard with Christine Legarde, the European Central Bank head, a while back. She was a synchronized swimmer when she was younger. She...
Replies: 30
Views: 2,125
Posted By pdlamb

Back before the airlines decided they wanted to...

Back before the airlines decided they wanted to court bicycle riders, I bought a very nice custom bike with S&S couplers so I could fly inexpensively with it. It's a lovely bike; tricked out with...
05-06-20, 08:08 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,516
Posted By pdlamb

Hate to tell you, but a taller gear isn't going...

Hate to tell you, but a taller gear isn't going to make you go faster.

You need to work on pedaling faster, instead. Figure out how to count how many times you push the pedals around in a minute;...
05-06-20, 08:02 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,171
Posted By pdlamb

That sequence looks like garbage. ...

That sequence looks like garbage. Gasoline/petrol will cut the grease (and, as noted, it's dangerous). Degreaser cuts the grease, too, but usually needs water to get the degreaser off. Ethanol to...
05-06-20, 07:56 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 390
Posted By pdlamb

I'm batting about .500 using an easy-out. I'm...

I'm batting about .500 using an easy-out. I'm worse than an American League pitcher trying to drill a screw out.

If you're not confident in your tool and machine skills, wait and let the bike...
05-04-20, 09:42 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 4,163
Posted By pdlamb

Why Brooks? I've tried other saddles that were...

Why Brooks? I've tried other saddles that were less comfortable than a B-17 after 500 miles (one of the reasons I tried the B-17). I've tried a saddle that was less comfortable than a B-17 when...
05-01-20, 10:11 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 323
Posted By pdlamb

About 10,000 miles on my first worn-out rear rim....

About 10,000 miles on my first worn-out rear rim. I replaced the front from that pair with a dyno wheel at about 22,000 miles, and its replacement is still doing fine at 40,000 or so. I'm probably...
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